West El Salvador

Pancakes, Pupusas and Point Perfection

Rosary: point perfection!

Point perfection!

A failed attempt at hitchhiking, a flat tyre and two chicken buses later we arrived in the fishing town of La Libertad, home to El Salvador’s most famous right hand point. This was top of my hit list for the trip due to an amazing two weeks in October…and day one didn’t disappoint! Arriving at the peak of the swell, our session quickly beat those of East El Salvador to the top spot of best waves of the trip. In our search for creature comforts, after forest time, we found the best fluffy pancakes, amazing fresh fruit juices and perfect fruit salads from the nicest dude in town! We lived cheap above a shop and stuffed ourselves with $0.40 pupusas, a traditional Salvadorian dish (scorching hot pockets of re-fried beans and cheese).

Dreaming of Mexico’s beachies, Rosary bailed after the first swell, leaving the crowds and chasing the next swell north to the land of quesadillas. I got comfortable and was getting good waves, so I stuck it out another week, only to step on a huge sea urchin on the second day of the second swell. With 24 urchin spines, a safety pin, a hypodermic needle, lots of disinfectant, and 3 hours of pain later I was left with a few souvenirs and a fair few holes in my foot. With some time out the water needed, a 26 hour bus journey to Mexico was starting to look like it was the go…

Rosary charging!

Rosary charging!

Rosary...yupppp!

Rosary…yupppp!

Emma.

Emma.

Emma.

Emma.

Emma.

Emma.

Best pancakes & juice in town!

Best pancakes & juice in town!

Good waves & delicious lobster...best birthday! Thanks Rosary for the homemade card!

Good waves & delicious lobster…best birthday! Thanks Rosary for the homemade card!

Matheo...the man, the Italian legend! Photo: Rosary Walsh

Matheo…the man, the Italian legend! Photo: Rosary Walsh

The locals have got it dialed! Photo: Rosary Walsh

The locals have got it dialed! Photo: Rosary Walsh

Having a look. Photo: Rosary Walsh

Having a look. Photo: Rosary Walsh

It's nice to look up once in a while. Photo: Rosary Walsh

It’s nice to look up once in a while. Photo: Rosary Walsh

The Malecón. Photo: Rosary Walsh

The Malecón. Photo: Rosary Walsh

The journey from East El Salvador to la Libertad….

No cars for 2 hours.... hitchhiking fail!

No cars for 2 hours…. hitchhiking fail!

Best pick-up ride ever!

Best pick-up ride ever!

Of course we got a flat tyre... Photo: Rosary Walsh

Of course we got a flat tyre… Photo: Rosary Walsh

Another chicken bus!

Another chicken bus!

Bus snacks...yum!

Bus snacks…yum!

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